I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP); and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and the Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (HACP).
I am also an examiner, supervisor and member of the Metanoia Institute in London; and an external validator and examiner for two UK psychotherapy and counselling courses.
I came to psychotherapy after a career in education. My first counselling training was a two-year Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Psychology, (DHP), which involved a lot of personal and creative work. This enabled me to facilitate adult groups and individuals in personal development.
This training inspired me to train and qualify as a psychotherapist, and in 1998 I was awarded the MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy. Over subsequent years of practice and personal and professional development, I have integrated other ways of working that help me to offer a range of approaches.
While running a private psychotherapy practice, I also worked for eleven years as a GP surgery-based counsellor in Primary Care. This enabled me to develop my skills in short-term counselling.
For many years I developed and ran a BACP accredited counselling course in a college of further education.